Only the world’s greatest cities are home to Four Seasons. New Orleans has always deserved to be among them, but it had to be the right time, the right place. It had to be 2 Canal Street, on the famous streetcar line, with awe-inspiring views of the Mississippi River.

Plans for what clearly will be finest hotel in the city calls for 400 guest rooms, approximately 88 condominiums, a signature restaurant, 28,000 square feet of meeting space, a Four Seasons spa and fitness center and a roof-top pool and deck.

For many, the most distinctive feature of the historic landmark World Trade Center is the two-story rooftop cupola. Originally a restaurant in the round, this space will become a spectacular sightseeing attraction – a celebration of African American culture in Louisiana – the music, the food and traditions. Henry Louis Gates, the distinguished professor of African and African American Research at Harvard University, will collaborate with Tulane’s Lawrence Powell to create a rooftop cultural exhibit and observation deck.

Guests will be able to take the express elevators to the 33rd floor for breathtaking, panoramic views of the city and the river. This view is too grand not to be shared with the public.